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COLUMBUS, OhioJenn Sciulli, a junior back on the fifth-ranked Ohio State field hockey team, was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week the conference announced Monday. The award is Sciulli’s third of the season after earning the weekly laurel Oct. 4 and Oct. 18.

Sciulli helped lead the Buckeyes (15-3, 5-1 Big Ten) to their third Big Ten regular-season championship last week with wins over Ball State, 5-0, Oct. 27 and Iowa, 3-0, Oct. 30. Sciulli guided the Buckeye backfield to the team’s fifth and sixth shutouts of the season. Against Ball State, the Ohio State defense limited the Cardinals to two shots and did not allow a penalty corner. At Iowa, the Palmyra, Pa., native helped limit the Hawkeyes to eight shots in 70 minutes of competition.

During the Buckeyes’ current nine-game win streak, the backfield has allowed only four goals and has limited opponents to 5.2 shots per game. Sciulli leads the conference in defensive saves this year with six. She has also continued her streak of starting every career game with 59 starts.

Ohio State travels to the 2010 Big Ten Tournament this weekend in Evanston, Ill., on the campus of Northwestern as the No. 1 seed. The Buckeyes will face the winner of No. 4 Michigan State/No. 5 Northwestern game at noon CT Friday in the semifinals televised live by the Big Ten Network.